Are My Kids on Track?

The 12 Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach

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How is Your Child Doing Socially, Emotionally, and Spiritually?

We have many tools for tracking our children's physical and intellectual development, but what about their hearts and souls? After all, how they develop emotionally, socially, and spiritually will determine who they become as husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, friends and co-workers.

In Are My Kids on Track? you'll learn the answers to such questions as:
· At what age should children be able to manage their emotions?
· When will they learn to empathize?
· How do they make their faith their own?

As you discover appropriate milestones for your child and encourage healthy development, you'll also learn the unique patterns of boys and girls, helping both genders flourish. Every chapter is filled with decades of experience, valuable research, and user-friendly practices to make supporting your child's heart and soul development a part of daily family life.

How can you raise courageous, compassionate, resilient, and empathetic kids? This book will help you answer those questions and more.


"The intentional and thoughtful focus on a child's emotional, social, and spiritual life from a very early age may well be the antidote to the growing mental health concerns we now see in young people. This book offers welcome reassurance and guidance to parents seeking to model calm and positive character development in the midst of our fast-paced world."

Nancy Beveridge, MD, Children's Clinic of Nashville

"As a parent with young children, I couldn't be more thankful for Are My Kids on Track? It casts a vision for how to help nurture emotional, social, and spiritual growth in your children's hearts. I felt inspired and equipped as I read through each chapter, and I believe that this book will be a transformational tool for many families."

Ellie Holcomb, singer-songwriter

"Are My Kids on Track? isn't just the title of this book, but the question we all ask ourselves as parents. We worry about their physical, mental, and social development almost from the time they are born. (How else do you explain why I tried so hard to teach my two-week-old daughter how to hold a rattle?) Meanwhile, we are surrounded by voices that tell us all the ways we could be doing it better, and it can make us feel overwhelmed and confused.
"That's why I love Sissy, Melissa, and David. They offer practical advice on how we can make sure we are raising kids who will flourish, and they do it in a way that is relatable and compassionate. You will read these pages and feel like you're sitting across the table from a wise older brother and sisters who are cheering you on and encouraging you to run the race of parenthood in a way that will help you develop your kids into exactly who God made them to be."

Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author of Sparkly Green Earrings

"As a relatively new adoptive mom, I inhaled Are My Kids on Track? by my friends Sissy, Melissa, and David with the enthusiasm I usually reserve for guacamole or dark chocolate. And boy am I glad I did! I came away with some profound insight and lots of practical application regarding how to parent my daughter out of love, not fear, and how to better shepherd her toward Jesus. Plus, my jeans weren't any tighter after I gorged myself on their collective wisdom--which makes this book a win-win in my opinion!"

Lisa Harper, author and speaker

The Authors

  1. Sissy Goff MEd, LPC-MHSP

    Sissy Goff MEd, LPC-MHSP

    Sissy Goff, MEd, LPC-MHSP, is the director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1993, she has been helping girls and their parents find confidence in who they are and hope in who God is making them...

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  2. Sissy Goff

    Sissy Goff

    Sissy Goff, LPC-MHSP, is the director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of 13 books, including the bestselling Raising Worry-Free Girls. She speaks across the country at...

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  3. David Thomas LMSW
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    David Thomas LMSW

    David Thomas, LMSW, is the executive director of Daystar Counseling in Nashville and author or coauthor of eight books, including Raising Emotionally Strong Boys, Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, and Are My Kids on Track?. He speaks...

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  4. Melissa Trevathan MRE
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    Melissa Trevathan MRE

    Melissa Trevathan, MRE, is the Executive Director of Daystar Counseling Ministries, which she founded in 1985. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Seminary, she's written seven books and spoken at churches, schools, and graduate programs across the country.

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